Whether you’re a fan or not, you have to admit that Zoe Sugg has pioneered mental health awareness amongst young people. Having spoke out about her troubles with anxiety, Zoe has helped thousands address their own issues and educated many, many more. Zoe even went on to become an ambassafor for mental health charity Mind. But it seems as if some people thought that Zoe talking so publicly about her mental health was actually a way to gain subs. Shocking, we know.
Opening up to The Sun and talking about cyber bullying, Zoe said: “I’ve had comments about being too skinny and that I pretend to suffer from anxity to boost my subscriber figures”.
Zoe goes on to talk about how she deals with trolls: “I try not to take the negative comments personally by focussing on all the lovely, positive things that people write instead.”
We reckon that’s a pretty positive attitude to have, to be honest. But let’s be real, if people are claiming Zoe fakes her anxiety then it lies in a bigger issue around mental health awareness and fighting the stigma.
If any of you have watched just a moment of Zoe’s vlogs where she’s in the middle of an anxiety episode or is talking openly and frankly about her illness, you’ll know for a fact she’s not faking it.
Indeed, Zoe being raw and exposed on camera does the opposite of glamourising mental health and shows how much people really suffer. To accuse Zoe of faking it for views is the type of statement that will push others into a corner where they’re afraid of coming out about their own problems for fear of people claiming they’re doung it for attention or similar.
We’re thankful Zoe can ignore the hate and continue to build her brand and talk honestly about mental health.